Technology comes and goes, but it leaves behind myths and misconceptions, most of which have got absolutely nothing to do with the reality. The standard operating procedures followed today may become mistakes in the future. It’s time to widen our lenses and broaden our tech knowledge by seeing through the prevalent mist of misconceptions. We have dug up top 10 tech misconceptions that have been circulating for so long now that people often confuse them for facts.
1. It is Illegal to Jailbreak an iPhone
Jailbreak – the word itself gives you a feeling that you are doing something illegal. For years, iPhone users have been told that they are not allowed to jailbreak their iPhone as it is illegal. Well, this fact did not stop people from jailbreaking their devices, but still it makes them feel guilty that they have committed a transgression. If you are also facing this awkward situation, then it’s time to relax because tinkering with the firmware of your device, which is completely your property since you paid for it, is not a crime, though it does avoid the Apple warranty. Still doubtful about this technology misconception really being a fallacy? Well, there is a detailed article on the federal regulators’ approval of jailbreaking iPhone that you may want give a look in your free time.
2. Password Protection Make Wi-Fi Networks Safer
It is generally assumed that Wi-Fi network is safer to use as long as it is password protected. This is the reason we use public Wi-Fi in our hotel rooms, cafés, restaurants, etc. without worrying about our privacy and security. Unfortunately, the truth is quite the opposite. Hackers are smart enough to break these barriers and get access to your device data. This also means that you are not safe even if you are using a home network. Well, you can’t get 100 percent safety while taking a stroll in cyber space, but you can minimize the risks up to a great extent by using a WPA2 network.
3. You Can Get Rid of File Forever by Deleting It from Your Recycle Bin
Most of us delete our private data from the recycle bin, thinking that it is gone forever, when the truth is that it is not. It only removes the icon or file, whereas the data stays in the hard drive. You will be surprised to know that there are various software programs that can easily retrieve the deleted data by going to the root of the document or file on your hard drive. These tools come in handy when you want to retrieve an important file which was accidentally deleted from your device. Here, it is important to mention that hackers may also retrieve the deleted data using different tools. If you are using a PC, then use SDelete command-line interface to get rid of data permanently. Mac users may choose “secure Empty Trash” so that snoopers and hackers cannot get access to their private files.
4. Do Not Recharge Battery Unless It is Fully Drained
Most of us are a strong believer of the “memory effect” that says that batteries also have memories and that they should only be recharged when they are fully empty, otherwise their lifespan will decrease. Well, it is true but only for nickel-based batteries. Most of the smartphones and laptops use lithium-ion based batteries these days and they behave quite differently to nickel-based batteries. You must recharge these batteries frequently to enhance their useful life. It is fine to fully drain the battery once in a while, but do not make it a routine. Also, avoid recharging it up to 100 percent. It is ideal to maintain the battery percentage between 40 percent and 80 percent. Do not let it fall below 20 percent too often.
5. Macs are Better Protected Against Viruses than Windows
Most of the people believe that it is only the Windows OS that gets a virus and that Macs are fully safe from all these vulnerabilities. Apple also has a lot to do for promoting this myth as it advertised that Mac is an OS that is invulnerable to virus. You may remember that Mac advertisement in which a guy with PC got sick whereas the guy with Mac stays safe from all the viruses. It was only after the Flashback virus crisis, which affected 250,000 Mac users, that Apple changed it sales pitch from “It doesn’t get PC viruses” to “It helps keep you safe”. Windows OS is leading the market with 80 percent people using this platform, thus making it a more attractive target for hackers. This is why Windows OS get more viruses, whereas Mac users are also facing similar issues. The only difference is that the frequency of these incidents is lesser.
6. Cameras with Higher Megapixels have Better Picture Quality
Most people prefer buying a smartphone that offer cameras with higher megapixels in the hope of getting better picture quality. Every smartphone manufacturer highlights this feature to attract more customers when the truth is that the picture quality does not just depend on the pixel count. The size of the camera sensor also plays an important part in the quality of the image. Camera with larger sensors picks more light data, making your images look more crisp. So avoid taking a decision solely on the number of pixels. Instead, check the size of the camera’s sensor before buying a smartphone for taking pictures. The whole concept is best explained by an article on CNET. By the way, this rule also applies on digital cameras.
7. Private Browsing Protects Your Privacy Online
Browsers offer a special feature which claim to offer additional security and privacy. This feature, known as private or ignite browsing, allegedly keeps your browser from saving the details about the websites you visit. The truth is that this feature is not as private as it claims to be. The websites and ad trackers can easily track your browsing history and other browsing activities in incognito mode. It is also proved in a 2010 study done at Stanford University. It is strongly recommended that you delete your browsing history every week. Furthermore, it is better to use a proxy server or VPN (virtual private network) to surf the web.
8. 64-Bit OS Runs Faster Than 32-Bit OS
Another common tech myth circulating for quite a time now is that 64-Bit OS works faster than 32-Bit. In actual, the only difference between them is the ability to save data. The number of bits in a processor determines the quantity of data it can handle. They have nothing to do with the performance.
9. Signal Bars on Smartphones Determine Signal Strength
People tend to change their location when they find one or two signal strength bars on their smartphone thinking that smartphone is receiving weak mobile signals. It is generally assumed that signal bars on smartphones represent the quality of mobile signals. The truth is that signal bars have nothing to do with the signal strength. The signal bars show the strength of signals your mobile is receiving from the nearby mobile tower. Your device may show strong signals, but if there is a single tower in your location and a large number of people are connected to it, then you will face communication issues.
10. Third-Party Chargers Damage Your Devices
It is generally believed that third-party chargers damage the device. This misconception is only partially true. If you are using a branded charger manufactured by a reliable company like Monoprice or Belkin and it is compatible with your device, then there is no harm in using it. On the other hand, low-quality chargers that do not have an established brand name may damage your device. The best option is to use the charger that comes with the device, but if it gets damaged or goes missing, then it is perfectly fine to use a third-party charger.